Do you have only one pair of shoes that you use for all your physical activities? If you are, then you may be more prone to injuries and your shoes may be holding you back. Here’s why.
Every sport have different set of movements which impacts and strains your feet in different ways. Shoes that are designed for particular sports helps support you and your feet by protecting the areas that receive the most strain and impact from specific movements.
Finding the right type of shoe
Choosing the right shoe for your activity can be difficult as they come in different designs, materials colour and sizes. Finding the correct shoes for the right sport is worth the effort, a proper fitted shoe will prevent injuries and enhance your performance.
Here what to look for.
- Everyday activities – You will mainly be walking, and you will be moving in a forward motion, this means you want a shoe that has good shock absorption, a smooth tread and a flexible sole that allows you to kick off using your toes.
- Running – similar to walking shoes, you want your running shoes to be light with plenty of cushioning around your feet, the soles has to be flexible so you can push off with your toes, and with the correct arch support.
- Basketball, tennis – These sports has a lot of side to side movement. You need a shoe that has good ankle support and thick soles. These shoes are very rigid and strong on the base/sole of the shoe, they are less flexible than runners.
- Soccer, football or field base sports, the common shoes are cleat or studded shoes. They provide good traction, and stop you from slipping and helps you stay planted.
- Hiking - Hiking shoes should have plenty of room in the toe area, a thick sole, with breathable fabric to vent the shoe. We recommend for beginners shoes that has great strong ankle support and for advance hikers ankle support is optional. Hiking shoes doesn't need to be waterproof, as many hikes may take you through rivers or through rainy days. It is important that the hiking shoes drains well and have plenty of vents which allows you to have dry feet.
Benefits of finding the right shoes.
If you cannot find a shoe that fits, you may want to visit various shoe stores, and talk to them about finding the correct shoe for your feet. Try them on and walk around the store, do not rush into any decisions, when you find a proper fitted shoe, it will prevent:
- Short term feet problems such as blisters, bunions, calluses and hammertoes.
- Long term feet problems such as ankle sprains, fractures, heel pain, metatarsalgia.
If you suffer from feet problems, you may want to consult with a feet doctor called a Podiatrist. They will be able to diagnose the problem you are experiencing and prescribe corrective measures, such as customised inserts for your favourite shoes. If you have health cover, check if a Podiatrist is covered in your plan.
Replacements parts for shoes
Often shoelaces gets frayed, or they break from use. We recommend people to replace their shoelaces if the shoes are still comfortable and still provides adequate support, if they want to turn their shoes into slip-on with no tie shoelaces.
Let us know in the comments below if you have visited a podiatrist and if they have helped you.